l say ‘no way’ to North Korea developing a nuclear capability.’ Along with Iran, the prospect of these rogue nations, who ignore ‘world’ pressure to step away from their desire to ‘join the club’ is indeed a daunting prospect Even their so-called allies are reluctant to support their aims. Sanctions have been imposed yet both nations are still attempting to build up a capacity to employ nuclear weapons in their already large arms arsenals.
We cannot leave the USA alone in its pressuring Iran and North Korea to abandon their nuclear aspirations. All nations are potentially at risk if the said nations succeed. Nor do we want Israel to ‘take out’ Iran’s capacity, simply because of the ramifications of such an act.
Russia and China need to join world opinion and pressure their ‘friends’ to desist in their nuclear ambitions and allow meaningful ‘policing’ of the institutions where the developments are taking place. Geopolitics enters the fray and makes a unified approach less likely to work.
One day China and Russia are going to wake up and realize that it is too late to avoid a major ‘conflagration’ in all of the most extreme forms; right on their borders or indeed within. What good will their non-involvement stances do them, all in the name of some sort of hangover from the bad old Cold War days.
The world in 2013 is a very much more connected world; one where trade really is on a global scale, where major nations are intractably connected economically. We see the USA and China having ‘spats’ over a number of issues, but underlying their relationship is one where they need one another.
We had thought that the ‘ticking clock’ to some sort of doomsday had somewhat receded after the demise of Cold War politics, but that is not so. With the rise of an unfettered North Korea and Iran, that clock has resumed its prophetic journey. All nations and those with ‘influence’ must come to an agreement about how to stop that process.
North Korea is doubly guilty ion that while it spends vast amounts on its nuclear ambitions, its people suffer from a lack of ---well----nearly everything; from basic education right through the very necessities of life---food. Iran too diverts disproportionate amounts away form that which its citizens need most. Neither country shines in the area of human rights, but they do not have that on their own.
By the time the community of nations decides to act in an effective way against these two nations, it may well be too late!